You can describe Jake Blauvelt in many ways, but two words that resonate with the dynamic rider are: Well Balanced. From his aggressive riding to everyday life, Jake focuses tons of his energy on being well balanced. Yes, Jake kills it on the board, but to be able to consistently perform at such a high level demands dedication and hard work. Jake eats well, unplugs from everything by going fly-fishing, and knows he’s super fortunate to be able to do what he does.
Album: Sactums LP
Austin Hironaka is one of those snowboarders that keeps your faith strong in the freedom that snowboarding gives us. Just when you think all snowboarders look the same, or you get tired of the same old tricks, just set your sights on Austin Hironaka and it won’t take long before you realize you can always give an old trick a new style or a new trick an old tweak.
There are no rules, and setting yourself apart with style is one of the greatest talents to attain. Austin’s ingenuity and personality shine on and off the snow and his wicked moves on his snowboard never cease to inspire and entertain. Every team should have an Austin Hironaka. JAPMOB!
AUSTIN HIRONAKA’S SETUP
Album: SANCTUMS LP
Label: Hybridity Music
Instagram account: dashumans
The second segment of Ride’s “Because of Snowboarding” series takes a look at the off-snow life of X Games 2013 snowboard gold medalist Sebastien Toutant.
The series features Ride’s Austin Hironaka, Hana Beaman, Alex Cantin, Marco Feichtner, Sebastien Toutant, and Jake Blauvelt. Video segments were shot around the globe, from Marco’s hometown stomping grounds in Austria, to Seb’s haunts of Mont Saint-Sauveur and Whistler, and Hana’s search of the next best line. Each short film is dedicated to highlighting a different pro rider, and captures the personal stories and intimacy each rider has with snowboarding.
Because of Snowboarding is directed and produced by Crispin Cannon and Shaun Anderson of The Solidarity Union.
Track: The End (original)
Album: The End
Seb Toots Edition Revolt bindings
Seb also rides the Triad boots